The University of Tartu hosts the 18th Bioinformatics Research and Education Workshop
From May 21-22 the University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science hosts virtually the 18th Bioinformatics Research and Education Workshop (BREW) for PhD students in the field of bioinformatics to give participants a comprehensive introduction to participating in scientific conferences.
"Bioinformatics is a huge and multidisciplinary field and to do research, one should not only understand the basics but should also have a particular set of skills, such as continuous academic reading and analysis, scientific writing and reviewing, presenting the work in front of a knowledgeable audience and networking for future collaborations,“ explained Nurlan Kerimov, Junior Research Fellow of Bioinformatics at the University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science. He said that the BREW workshop, which he attended in 2019 in Berlin was a flash course for him in all these aspects.
For the event, 13 papers were submitted by 13 participants who will meet this year virtually in Zoom. The topics are from mathematical modelling to deep neural network architectures applied to biological and biomedical data. To take part in the event the students did not only have to submit their paper but also review other papers, present their work and answer clarifying questions asked by the audience.
Liis Kolberg, Junior Research Fellow of Bioinformatics at the University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science told, that BREW is like a crash course for PhD students in bioinformatics that teaches writing, publishing and presenting a scientific paper. „I have attended the event twice. Retrospectively I find that BREW gives a very realistic experience for the research publication process and the science communication in general. “She added that a great bonus is that PhD students from different universities can meet and share their joys, frustrations, worries and everyday tips.
BREW is held in a round-robin fashion each year at the participating PhD programs.
Nurlan Kerimov, Junior Research Fellow of Bioinformatics at the University, Tartu Institute of Computer Science, nurlan.kerimov [ät] ut.ee.